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Level 4.2

Woke up this morning to blood glucose of 4.2mmol/l for the 3rd day running. Pleased that it is so stable. My experimenting with a hypo didn't go as planned last night. For some reason my levels went back up again without me doing anything. I have heard that this could be because your body counteracts hypos by releasing glucogon which in turn stimulates your cells to release glucose to your bloodstream. This doesn't happen in all cases, but it was interesting to feel nevertheless.

Levels have been lower today than usual as I didn't have cereal for breakfast. Had yoghurt instead. I have found some nice low fat, low sugar yoghurts (Muller lite) that actually have bits of fruit in them. Food seems so sanitised that actually finding yoghurt that isn't totally smooth is quite difficult. Found out that peanuts are OK for diabetics as they don't have much carbohydrate in them. Have to be careful of the fat content. Anyone who has set fire to a peanut in a chemistry lesson (as I did), will know that they have lots of energy in them, mostly fat.

Someone's birthday at work, so they bought doughnuts in. I had to resist, but maybe one time I will have one and do the extra insulin to cover it. At the moment, I am being good so didn't partake.

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